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Letter: In 2022, Tri-City veterans of 'forgotten' wars and battles will not be forgotten

Coquitlam resident Guy Black says France and Korea are hoping to thank Canadian veterans who helped liberate their respective countries nearly 80 years ago.
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A Canadian veteran wears a Remembrance Day poppy. | Getty Images

The Editor, 

War is death, it is destruction, and suffering. It is also a time when men and women, soldiers and civilians stand up and face great danger to stop wars and restore peace.

But, how do we remember them today?

The Government of France and the Republic of Korea would like to thank Canadian veterans for liberating their countries. The National Order of the Legion of Honour and Ambassador for Peace Medals are available to eligible veterans.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid in 1942, when the allies tested the enemy with an amphibious landing on the French coast.

Almost 5,000 Canadian soldiers took part in operation Jubilee, and only 2,200 made it back. 

The Normandy battle in 1944 saw the lessons learned from Dieppe put to good use but Canadian war dead tallied over 5,000.

The Korean War followed five years after the end the Second World War. Today, it is seldom remembered but the valor of our Canadian veterans shines brightly with the people of South Korea who have not forgotten the 516 Canadian service men who died defending their country.

If you are a WWII veteran who participated in the campaign to liberate France from D-day — June 6, 1944 — to the end of August 1944, or Dieppe in 1942, you may be eligible for France’s highest award.

The Korean government is looking for veterans who participated in the Korean War — 1950 to 1953 — or it’s peacekeeping phase that lasted until the end of 1955.

Korea’s Ambassador for Peace Medal may be awarded posthumously unlike the Legion of Honour.

Please contact me for further information or assistance in applying for these two important medals as I am an unofficial volunteer who has helped more than 800 veterans receive these awards.

There is no cost involved.

You can send an email to and use the subject "Veteran," or a letter to the following address:

  • 1028 Moray Street
  • Coquitlam, B.C.
  • V3J 6S3

- Guy Black, Coquitlam resident and Medal of Civil Merit recipient (Republic of Korea)